Day Hike - Woodard Bay


Day Hike - Woodard Bay

Join us for the annual BAT HIKE to see the large maternity bat colony at Woodard Bay as the bats come out for the evening. En route we will enjoy the raucus cormorants returning to their nesting colony. At the end of our easy walk we will learn about the history of the area, enjoy bat cookies and cocoa, and sit to enjoy the bats and other wildlife. This is a family event.

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  • Easy
  • Casual
  • Mileage: 3.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 50 ft

We will meet at the Woodard Bay parking lot by the bridge at 7:30. A Discover Pass is needed here.  The hike will end after dark so headlamps will be needed to walk back to cars.

This is an amazing wildlife night hike--

We start an hour+ before sunset, walking about a mile on a wide open paved road to the old Weyerhaueser log loading zone, where we will enjoy the cormorants returning home to their nests, look for seals and bunnies, read the historic kiosks, and drink hot cocoa while we wait for the bats to emerge.  After the show, we will walk back in the dark, enjoying the moths and night sounds.  Expect to be back at cars around 10:00 pm.

Here is a god website about bats:

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Parents/adults should bring simple 10 essentials including family first aid kit and lights.

All participants over age 3 should bring light backpacks with water, warm clothing for sunset and after dark, and some good headlamps or flashlights.

Binoculars for viewing cormorants and other birds is desirable. Leader will bring extras.

There is a nice latrine on site.

Discover Pass is required.

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